Erdogan: Turkey's COVID-19 infection "under control to great extent"

Erdogan: Turkey's COVID-19 infection "under control to great extent"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey brought COVID-19 infection "under control to a great extent" after lockdowns and restrictions during the holy month of Ramadan. Meanwhile, an Iraqi Health Ministry official warned Iraq is still in danger despite the recent decline in daily COVID-19 cases.

"We are speeding up vaccination activities as much as the supply program allows. I hope that such comprehensive measures will not be needed from now on," Erdogan said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting.

Turkey had imposed a 17-day lockdown since April 29 and the government on Monday launched a gradual easing period in measures until June 1, Xinhua reported.

Turkey on Monday confirmed 10,174 new COVID-19 cases, including 923 symptomatic patients, raising the total number of cases in the country to 5,127,548.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 223 to 44,983, while the total recoveries climbed to 4,961,120 after 13,864 more people recovered in the last 24 hours.